The Academic Minute

The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy. Hosted by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College, The Academic Minute features a different professor each day, drawing experts from top research institutions. You'll enjoy topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of the accidental discovery of chocolate and an analysis of how social media is transforming the workplace. 



  • Monday, October 20, 2014 12:01am
    In today’s Academic Minute, a physicist at The University of California San Diego discusses the role of his field in the study of genetics and DNA. Doug Smith, an associate professor of physics in UC San Diego’s Department of Physics, discusses the operational mechanics of DNA molecules. Dr. Doug Smith is a physicist who studies […]
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 5:00am
    Poetry and science are areas of academia you’d assume have little to no overlap. But, Anna Leahy, an English professor at Chapman University, thinks otherwise. Anna Leahy‘s poetry collection Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize and was published by Kent State University Press in 2007. Her chapbook Turns about a Point is available […]
  • Friday, October 17, 2014 5:00am
    The way flies perceive sound is helping engineers improve on microphone technology. Dr. Neal Hall, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, discusses the buzz surrounding his latest word. Dr. Neal A. Hall received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Cockrell School […]
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 9:23am
    As always, host Bob Barrett selects an Academic Minute to air during The Best of Our Knowledge. Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education. For this week‘s edition (#1256), Bob has selected […]
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:00am
    The bicycle is so much more than two tires, brakes & handlebars. Dr. Paul Smethurst, an English professor at the University of Hong Kong, profiles the bicycle and the cultural significance embedded within. Dr. Paul Smethurst is associate professor in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches travel writing, […]